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    28th February is Biscuit Day!

    20 Feb 2020

    What Is Biscuit Day?

    The biscuit originally came into existence as a convenient, portable food for soldiers.  Since biscuits are inexpensive, long-lasting and made from simple ingredients such as flour, water, and sometimes salt, they were a key component of a soldier's rations. After that, improvements were made, eventually coming into its modern form as a delicious cookie or biscuit.

    The word biscuit is derived from the Latin words bis (twice) and coquere, coctus (to cook, cooked), and, hence, means "twice-cooked". This is because biscuits were originally cooked in a twofold process: first baked, and then dried out in a slow oven.

    With the arrival of the Black Ships from the West, the biscuit was welcomed in Japan and received favorable recognition. The description of the biscuit appears on the Hoan Shibata diary for the first time in Japan.  Shibata was a Confucian doctor who practiced in Nagasaki at the end of the Edo Period.  Noticing that the biscuit is a preserved food, Shinnosuke Hagi, an official of the Mito Domain, asked Shibata to learn and report on the process of manufacturing biscuits from the Dutch.  After spending time learning in Nagasaki, Shibata wrote down the process and sent it to Shinnosuke Hagi on 28 February 1855. This was the first document in Japan describing the biscuit manufacturing method. To commemorate this date, it was established as Biscuit Day in Japan by the National Biscuit Association in 1980.

    Also, in goroawase, which is an especially common form of Japanese wordplay, the phrase “nido yaku” (bake twice) represents numbers 2 (ni) and 8 (ya).


    Try a Dessert on Biscuit Day!

    Yuzu Umeshu is very refreshing and light. It has just the right amount of sweetness of plum and refreshing taste of yuzu with a slight touch of bitterness.

    Nakano BC Yuzu Umeshu tastes clean and is rich in flavor thanks to a perfectly harmonious combination of the sweetness of umeshu and the tartness of yuzu.

    It is great as an aperitif with light meals such as salads, sandwiches or desserts. You can also use it to make desserts. We know one which is just perfect for Biscuit Day! Just put some crumbled biscuit on a scoop of vanilla ice cream, pour Yuzu Umeshu over it and enjoy!

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